Last year I gave a talk about squirrels for the first time at the elementary school in Sulzbach. And a week ago I was again at an elementary school, this time in Kelkheim. Again it was a second grade class, even appropriately named squirrel class. I really enjoy teaching the kids what I know about squirrels. If you start teaching children about nature at an early age, they will hopefully respect it more later on. Because we need nature!
The children are always very enthusiastic about my photos and films and listen very well. And they ask lots and lots of questions 🙂 One comment from a girl was particularly great. I always explain that squirrel babies should not be fed with cow’s milk. The girl then said that the squirrels probably have a cow’s milk allergy 🙂
I explain to the kids, among other things, what to look for when you find a baby squirrel and that it desperately needs help when it tries to climb up you. The children listen very carefully to this, too, and also write down the number of the squirrel sanctuary nearby. Of course, I always mention how important trees are and how they should be preserved if possible. Another very important topic is of course the myth of gray squirrels and that there are no gray squirrels in Germany.
At the end of my talk in Kelkheim, a photo was taken of all of us and with the squirrel mascot and also our book!
The title “Squirrel Ambassador” came from a dear friend who photographs squirrels herself and has also written a squirrel book. I like the title so much that I used it right away 🙂 I will definitely be on the road more often as a squirrel ambassador!!!!